TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 15, 2012

The Tennessee attorney general's office is asking the state Supreme Court to deny retrials for three defendants in the 2007 torture and killing of a young Knoxville couple. The retrials had been granted by a special judge after revelations came to light that former Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner was abusing prescription painkillers at the time of the original proceedings. The AG’s office argues that while Baumgartner's conduct was "abhorrent," there is nothing in the record that indicates he mishandled the cases. Last month, the Court of Criminal Appeals declined to take up the attorney general's appeal. Learn more in the News Sentinel